Image:Carlsons.jpg|thumb|right|240px|The Carlson Twins modeled for many photographers and magazines, sometimes in erotic or nude poses.
'''Beefcake''' is a performance or photograph depicting a large and muscular male body.
[[https://books.google.com/books?id=u92yAqdWcawC ''Film Genre 2000: New Critical Essays'']]
Beefcake is also a publication genre. A role a person plays in a performance may be called ''beefcake''. The term was believed to be first used by Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky
[p.120 Hofler, Robert ''The Man Who Invested Rock Hudson'' Carroll and Graf 2005]